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THE PROMISE

by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

synopsis

Igor--a 15-year-old apprentice mechanic--spends his off hours at the beck and call of his father. Igor's father, Roger, is a low-life involved with smuggling undocumented immigrants into Belgium, and acts as their slumlord, housing them in barely livable conditions, and paying them menial wages to work construction on his building (among other scams). When the building inspector pays a surprise visit and Amidou falls off a scaffold in his hurry to hide, things start to unravel, particularly when Igor makes a promise to the injured Amidou that ultimately exposes the different values of Igor and Roger, and of Amidou's wife, Assita.

original title: La promesse
country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
year: 1996
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
film run: 90'
screenplay: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Léon Michaux, Alphonse Badolo
cast: Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Assita Ouedraogo
cinematography by: Alain Marcoen
film editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
art director: Igor Gabriel
costumes designer: Monic Parelle
producer: Hassen Daldoul, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Jacqueline Pierreux, Claude Waringo
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